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Merry Planksmas

So here it is Dec 1st and my coworker and I were about to participate in our bi-weekly squatting to the Sally song at work, when she realized her attire wasn’t squatting appropriate. So we decided to do some up-up-down-downs instead of squatting, during the down hold we held a plank.

During lunch we talked about doing planks more and someone mentioned hearing of “Planksgiving” where you do planks everyday leading up to Thanksgiving.  But we already passed Thanksgiving….so we decided to do some planks leading up to Christmas.

We started celebrating Planksmas that very day.

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I made this graphic to mark off the days for planking. Also, you can really start it at anytime. We started on the 1st, leading us to finish on Christmas, but really the point is to work up to the 5 min plank.

So download it, print it and start planking today!

And follow my running Instagram account to see our progress! @BombshellRunner

Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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The Christmas Card of 2014

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

I actually got our fist batch of Christmas cards out this week.  When I order cards, I just order extra, but when I make them I always make less at first.  I don’t want extra hand-made Christmas cars lying around, because they have the kids pictures on them, I can’t use them for next year.

My sister had always sent out Christmas cards with a picture of her kids.  For Ian’s first Christmas we decided that we would have one picture done with all three kids.  That way we can send one card to all our joint family and friends.  Almost every years since (except last year, because I didn’t do cards last year) we have sent out a joint card.  Typically I just order them, but not this year.

This year I decided to go back to making my own cards, because I can just use my Silhouette Cameo.  It will be easy peasy.  Unless you are like me and decide you need to make a Christmas card with like a hundred pieces.  Needless to say they took a little longer than I thought they would.

We went to a local mall where a few times a day they release bubble snow in the atrium. I took a picture of the kids in the falling snow and thought it would be a great idea to make a shaker card like a snow globe.  I used this snow globe file from Bird’s Cards, which is a great resource for free card files.

Back to the pictures, I didn’t like the mall and all the strangers in my background so I went a head and used Photoshop to ‘fix’ it.

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Doesn’t that snowy tree scene look so much better?  (Which was a free desktop background file)

While the three older kids did a great job taking a group picture, Sid didn’t cooperate all that much.  I had many wonderful pictures with the other three, but no Sid.

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For the picture of the boys I used this picture in front of the silver tree they had up.  There wasn’t a good picture of those two with the snow.

So, you wanna see how the card turned out?

MSS_Xmas Cards 2014

MSS_XMas Cards 2014

MSS_XMas Cards 2014

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

p.s. family and friends, there is another batch going out, so don’t worry if you haven’t gotten yours yet.

 

 

Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Dec 22nd

It’s Christmas week!!!

What happened to December?

Oh well, at least I won’t be cooking that much this week.

On Saturday my children consumed nothing but candy.  OK they did eat some real food, but their candy consumption was at an all time high.

Why you ask?

 

The Boys Houses

Let’s be honest. They are master house makers.

 

 

Menu Plan 12/22-12/28

Mon: Cinnamon Bear Cruise

Tues:  Chicken Verde Mac & Cheese

Wed:  Dinner at my sisters

Thr: Christmas Dinner!  Honey Baked Ham, twice baked potatoes, rolls, green beans with bacon & salad

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Dinner at my aunt’s house

Sun: what? I finally have to cook again? Maybe Lasagna Soup

 

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

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Mason Jar Christmas Scenes

My sister has one of those Christmas villages, with all the houses and the snow and stuff.  This year my nieces wanted to make her a little village in a giant Mason Jar.  Luckily my mom has hundreds of Mason Jars in various sizes.  Remember how we made all those Cookie-in-a-Jar guest gifts for my cousins baby shower?  Yep, she still has tons.

She took the kids to the craft store, got all the little things to go in the jars and turned the kids loose.

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Ian made one for me and my mom put together a stand for it.  I am pretty sure this was a gallon mayonnaise jar, it’s huge.

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My mom made some cream-colored playdoh so the items would stay upright in the jar.  She also bought some of that Kinetic Sand in cream.

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Ian placed all the items himself.  I absolutely love it.

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His gift gave me an idea for a Christmas gift for Ian’s teacher.  Luckily my mom had all sorts of stuff left over so Ian could make another jar.

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Before we started decorating I used the hot glue gun and glued six blobs on the bottom of the jar for stability.

I tried to use the playdoh, but didn’t like how the stuff wouldn’t really stay up right, unless you used a hold bunch of playdoh.  I didn’t really like how the playdoh looked from the outside.

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So after he placed all the stuff in the jar, I took it all out along with the playdoh.  Then I put it all back in how he had it, and with his instructions, but I used hot glue to secure his decorations.

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He was sad that we didn’t have any more reindeer, but at least we had Santa.

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This jar wasn’t as large so he couldn’t fill it quite so full.  After all was secure I dumped in the plastic snow that mom got at the craft store.

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I really wish I had sprayed the inside bottom of the jar with that window snow paint.  I think it would have looked great, but I thought of it after, and I don’t have any….but you can use that idea, it’s all good.

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Since this is a teacher gift and made in a Mason Jar I thought these tags would be perfect!

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I designed the tag in Silhouette Studio software.  For the jar I used the print ‘n cut method, and cut the lid out in two layers.

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Love the tag?  I know, it’s super cute.  And you are in luck, cause you can download here. For free.

This PDF file is the above printable tag for Christmas.

This PDF file is plain for any time of year.

MSS_MasonJarTagPDF

This SVG file is for those of you who would like to use it in your cutting machine.  I did have to change the font for the SVG file because it was a little too thin for cutting.

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Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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